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Red-Band Trailer For Kevin Smith’s COP OUT Restores Faith In The Film by Ryan on 5 Feb 2010 | Comments

The first (green-band) trailer for Kevin Smith’s Cop Out was a huge letdown. I’ve been a fan of Smith over the years but his recent fare hasn’t especially impressed me, and it looked like Cop Out wasn’t going to be bucking any trends. But now MySpace has released the red-band trailer for the film and you know what? It’s pretty damn funny. It’s not breaking any new comedy ground and relies almost entirely on penis-related jokes, but the oddball chemistry between Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis plays great, and even Sean William Scott elicits a good laugh.

I still don’t know if this is going to be the movie that completely restores my faith in Smith, but it finally has my attention now. I’m genuinely looking forward to it, and I’m hoping the final product will more closely reflect the red-band trailer rather than that boring green-band one.

Hit the jump to see the trailer.

A Promising Super Bowl Ad For THE LAST AIRBENDER Is Out by Ryan on 5 Feb 2010 | Comments

M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most divisive directors we’ve had in recent years. While he proved that he’s a talented filmmaker with movies like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, his other works have either been mixed bags (I loved Signs and really enjoyed The Village, but I know plenty who hated both) or outright disasters (Lady in the Water wasn’t good; The Happening was just an utterly puzzling experience). Still, that kind of talent doesn’t just suddenly disappear, right? Everyone can fall into a slump — it doesn’t mean they’re incapable of returning to form.

So when Shyamalan signed on to adapt Nickelodeon’s extremely well-regarded series Avatar: The Last Airbender for the big-screen, fans were understandably worried. On the one hand, Shyamalan’s a big name and bound to get the kind of budget and studio support other directors can’t. He has the potential to deliver a truly great film. On the other hand, this was the guy who just put out The Happening. The early teaser seemed to earn some excitement, but, for the most part, didn’t sway anyone one way or the other. Now we get a second and better look at the film via UGO’s premiere of its Super Bowl Ad. The result? Pretty impressive.

Check it out, plus our thoughts and some posters, after the jump.

THE LOSERS Trailer Unleashes Some Bad-Assery by Roy on 31 Jan 2010 | Comments A new trailer has hit the nets for The Losers, the big screen adaptation of the Vertigo comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock, and boy does it look like all kinds of fun.

We were pretty excited when news about the fantastic casting first started rolling out for The Losers, being big fans of the comic, but the involvement of heretofore unproven director Sylvain White (whose most notable movies are Stomp the Yard and the direct-to-video sequel I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer) kept us from getting our hopes too high. Well, judging by the footage from this first trailer, it looks like we may have had nothing to worry about all along. The trailer is snarky, fun, and action-packed, exactly the sort of genre cocktail that we hoped would carry over from the comics.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Idris Elba play pretty wonderfully off each other, and is there any actress whose geek heat-meter is rising faster than Zoe Saldana’s? After a year that included roles in Star Trek and Avatar, it looks like the talented actress is in for another hell of a year. And for the borderline campiness that is Jensen, Chris Evans pulls off some of his more ridiculous lines with a solid amount of aplomb. He continues to be one of my favorite young actors working today.

MSN has the trailer, which you can check out after the jump: Read»

Oh Yeah! Second KICK-ASS Trailer! by Ryan on 8 Jan 2010 | Comments

Lionsgate has released a second trailer for Kick-Ass, this one showing off the film’s action while remaining suitable for all audiences. And you know what? It still kicks ass. We get a sense of the kooky, crazy fun that Matthew Vaughn’s movie is promising to be, and the real shit-your-pants stuff is hinted at just enough to entice. It introduces all of the key players with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor about it all that makes these otherwise outlandish characters seem (mostly) believable. Even a sword-wielding little girl that’ll literally leave you in pieces? You better believe it.

While Aaron Johnson is going to get his fair share of shine after the movie, I think it’s safe to say that the real breakout star is going to be Chloe Moretz with her turn as Hit-Girl. After stealing scenes in (500) Days of Summer, and with the upcoming Let the Right One In remake Let Me In coming out on October 10th, she’s poised to have a big 2010. And this isn’t even counting her appearances in the kid-friendly fare she has in the pipeline either (i.e. Diary of a Wimpy Kid). With her anchoring the supporting cast along with Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, and Mark Strong, Kick-Ass is looking to take names when it hits this spring.

Check out the trailer after the jump, or see it in HD over at Yahoo!

Second INCEPTION Teaser Shakes Up The World by Ryan on 29 Dec 2009 | Comments

A new teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception unspooled in front of most showings of Sherlock Holmes over the weekend, but if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s now online for you to view in high def glory. There’s still very little anyone actually knows about the film, and while the teaser does offer some hints of what to expect, it’s not enough to glean any solid plot details. What we do get is some stunning visuals of the expectedly mind-bending variety — Paris folding in on itself, a gravity-defying brawl, water tilting upwards in a glass, etc.

The film has a ridiculously amazing cast — Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Michael Caine. It doesn’t come out until next summer, but you can whet your appetite for what’s sure to be a head trip by checking out the teaser after the jump. We’ll also do some good ol’ speculating, too, so click through to ponder just what Nolan has cooked up for us.

Apple also has the teaser in HD.

REPO MEN Gets A Bloody Red-band Trailer by Roy on 24 Dec 2009 | Comments A red-band trailer has surfaced for Repo Men, the sci fi action thriller starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, and Alice Braga. Formerly titled the much more interesting The Repossession Mambo, I caught the script several years ago and it was one of the best that I had seen in a while. The film’s been sitting on Universal’s shelf for some time now, but hopefully that isn’t a reflection of the final product’s quality. I’m excited for this one; if it can retain the energy and promise of the screenplay, then Repo Men (as unfortunately retitled as it may be) could surprise some folks next year.

The story follows Law and Whitaker as best friends Remy and Jake, two repo men who work for The Union, a company that provides expensive artificial organs that are forcibly repossessed when clients can’t make their payments. They’re the best in the business, but trouble arises when a routine repossession goes awry and leaves Remy needing a transplant himself to survive. Suddenly seeing things from the other side, things get more complicated when Remy runs into Beth, an old flame who’s on the run after being unable to make her organ payments. When he joins her, Remy suddenly finds himself being hunted by none other than his former partner, Jake. The film also stars Liev Schreiber, Liza Lapira, and RZA.

Check out the poster and age-restricted trailer after the jump, which comes courtesy of MySpace. Read»

Kevin Smith’s COP OUT Gets A Trailer, But Not Many Laughs by Ryan on 24 Dec 2009 | Comments

I was hoping Cop Out would be funny — what with Kevin Smith at the helm and Tracy Morgan and the deceptively amusing Bruce Willis headlining — but alas, we can’t always get what we want. It seems after shedding its former A Couple of Dicks titling, the film may have also lost its sense of humor, because this is one unfunny trailer.

Tracy Morgan’s one of those actors whose off-the-wall antics can be funny if utilized in the right way, but it looks like Smith let him run way too wild here. Add that onto the fact that the jokes aren’t anywhere near funny (I mean, the whole “stop repeating me” bit…really?), and this trailer has effectively killed any interest I had in the film. Smith’s talented, though, so I’m hoping that maybe the trailer just got put together with the film’s worst jokes, or maybe some of them work better in the context of the narrative. But really, there’s no indication that this movie is funnier than what the trailer is selling, and if that turns out to be true, that’s really disappointing.

Hit the jump to see the trailer, or head over to Apple to see it in HD.

KNIGHT AND DAY Trailer Looks Pretty Damn Fun by Roy on 22 Dec 2009 | Comments Knight and Day, which was once titled Wichita (and really, neither are very good titles), has a new trailer up on E! The film re-teams Vanilla Sky co-stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as a super-agent and his hapless hostage/cohort, respectively. I haven’t really loved any of James Mangold’s films, though I tend to like ‘em all well enough, so I wasn’t expecting much from the film. But after watching the trailer I have to admit, it actually looks like it could be some fun. The film’s also got a pretty stellar supporting cast, including Maggie Grace, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, and Viola Davis.

It seems pretty savvy to me that Cruise, who a lot of people haven’t been able to take seriously in a long time, has eschewed some of the more traditionally dramatic roles he would’ve played for the fun, off-kilter, kind-of-crazy roles that his public persona makes him perfect for nowadays. I’ve always loved him as an actor, and I’m glad to see him embracing this turn in his career. Humor can earn a lot of forgiveness, and Cruise definitely seems like he’s on the right path for a comeback. Well, I’m pullin’ for the guy, anyway.

Check out the trailer, as well as the teaser poster, after the jump. Read»

New International ROBIN HOOD Trailer Has Better, More Stuff by Roy on 21 Dec 2009 | Comments A new international trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has hit over at Yahoo’s UK site, and it’s a great deal more revealing/intriguing/well put-together than the first domestic teaser we caught a week ago. I guess not everything is better with a generic metal soundtrack. Anyway, in the new trailer we get lots more archery and a better look at the role Maid Marian will play. What is it about Cate Blanchett that, despite being 120 pounds soaking wet, makes me believe she could swing a sword with the rest of the boys? Maybe it’s her Australian-ness. I think this deserves further study.

Check out the trailer, and the newly released synopsis for the film, after the jump. Read»

New Teaser And Poster For SHREK FOREVER AFTER by Ryan on 17 Dec 2009 | Comments

The fourth and (purportedly) final Shrek film, Shrek Forever After, now has a teaser trailer and poster. A lot of the blogosphere isn’t looking forward to this film, especially after the laughably bad third installment, but I’m sure plenty of folks will still turn up to see this movie. I’m a fan of this universe, and though the first film is still the only one in the franchise that I’ll sit down and watch through to the end if I happen to flip to it on cable, I’m still hopeful that this new one will turn out well.

The teaser doesn’t convince me one way or the other on whether or not this will be more Shrek than Shrek the Third, though. It has some amusing moments, but also some signs that it might succumb to the same kind of middling jokes and antics that dragged down the third film and, to a much lesser extent, the second one. Maybe the quasi-reboot they’re doing with the whole alternate reality storyline is what will get the franchise out of its boring comfort zone. We’ll have to wait to see.

In the meantime, you can see the poster and teaser after the jump, or in HD at Apple.

Dakota Fanning And Kristen Stewart Are THE RUNAWAYS In New Teaser by Ryan on 17 Dec 2009 | Comments

MTV has the exclusive new teaser for The Runaways, the film about the titular all-girl 70’s rock band. The film will follow their rise to superstardom amidst a turbulent relationship with abusive manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), with lead singer Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and lead guitarist Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) serving as the focal points.

The little we do see looks promising enough, and though Fanning appears to lack the timbre of Currie’s voice, she’s certainly got the sass and attitude. This will be an interesting film for both Fanning and Stewart; their most overtly complex roles to date where their maturation as performers will be placed front and center. I’m intrigued to see how they do, and whether or not this will be the movie that pushes them from being child/teenaged actresses into just actresses. Long-time music video director Floria Sigismondi will make her feature debut from her own script, and so far it looks like she’s captured the mix of posh and grime that would become a distinct part of The Runaways’ style.

Check out the teaser after the jump.

Hop In The HOT TUB TIME MACHINE Trailer by Ryan on 17 Dec 2009 | Comments

MGM has released the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, the time travel buddy comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke. The film follow four friends who find themselves transported to the past (I’ll let you guess their time-hopping vehicle of choice) after a hard night of drinking. Hilarity/shenanigans/life-altering epiphanies ensue.

The new trailer is a bit too tame for my tastes, and doesn’t live up to the hilarious teaser we saw a few months back. There are still a couple of funny moments, though, so I suggest you give it a watch. Robinson’s scenes do their best to keep this thing afloat, and it should attract at least some new interest. I’ll be waiting eagerly for the red-band trailer, though, which I’m sure will fully unleash the wild and vulgar comedy I’m convinced this film has. This green-band one just doesn’t do much for me.

Watch the trailer after the jump, or see it in HD over at Yahoo!

Second CLASH OF THE TITANS Trailer Releases The Kraken! by Ryan on 17 Dec 2009 | Comments

This actually hit the internet a few days ago in a lower-res format, but we’ve been waiting for the high-res HD version to be officially released before we posted it.

A new trailer has been unveiled for Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans. We get more story this time around, with some actual speaking lines for Alexa Davlos’ Andromeda and Sam Worthington’s Perseus. Liam Neeson’s Zeus also gets in a few choice lines — and to great effect. The creature effects for the film really look stunning, and if you thought the first trailer was impressive, the appearance of the Kraken at the end of this one should have you wishing for more.

I’m really starting to get excited for this film. I love me a good adrenaline rush involving sword fights and monster battles. Greek mythology has always been a ripe realm for modern day special effects artists to run amok in, too, so I’m loving what I’m seeing. The new “Damn the Gods” tagline is also a big step up from the ho-hum “Titans will Clash.”

Check out the new trailer below, or in HD over at Apple.

IRON MAN 2 Trailer Hits! by Ryan on 17 Dec 2009 | Comments

Earlier tonight, the viral ad campaign that has been going on for Iron Man 2 for the past week culminated in a ticking timer on www.starksecretconfessionrevealed.com. And what was waiting on the other side of the clock? The new trailer for Iron Man 2.

The trailer’s now up at Apple in full HD glory, but you can also check it out below the jump. The trailer teases a lot of what we can expect from the new film — namely, plenty of high tech battlin’. Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash makes a significant and splashy debut, while Don Cheadle’s War Machine also squeezes in his hero shot. All in all, a fairly epic trailer. But it’s no fun listening to me talk about it, hit the jump to see it for yourself!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Gets Another Trailer! by Ryan on 16 Dec 2009 | Comments

Disney has released another trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. We get a much better look at the lush world Burton has fashioned this time around, but it comes at you pretty quickly so don’t blink or you’ll miss it. The trailer is set to debut in 3D in front of Avatar this weekend, but you can already get a sense of what elements will be popping off the screen.

I wasn’t as excited as I had hoped I would be for this movie after the initial teaser trailer, but this new trailer reveals enough to get me genuinely amped to see Burton’s madness unfold. Depp’s Mad Hatter looks delightfully insane, and Helena Bonham Carter’s bobble-headed Red Queen is an excellent mix of menacing and ridiculous. I’ve been hoping to see Mia Wasikowska speak more than a couple of brief lines, but no dice here. Guess I’ll just have to wait for the movie to come out in March.

Hit the jump to see the trailer, or catch it in HD over at Apple.

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